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design: kossman.dejong urbanium pavilion @ shanghai expo

18 Jun

OK.  So we know it’s a little late . . . but good design should never go unrewarded, no matter how long it takes to get it, just ask Van Gogh.

The kossman.dejong designed urbanium pavillion shanghai expo is dedicated to representing the quality of life for families across the globe at the Chinese pavilion, and given that many of China’s billion strong population will have never travelled outside their state, nor have had much experience of life outside the ‘iron-curtain’ it would be no surprise that after visiting the pavilion they’d be itching to get out there and start using their passport.

Visitors are led through five areas in the pavilion: home, work, connected, learn and health, and each corresponds to a different aspect of family life. Every sub-pavilion has a different layout, using multiple projection screens, lighting and sound. Instead of building actual cities, the designers used everyday objects to build residential areas.

What has been achieved though is truly jawdropping stuff, we just wish we could go back and do it all over again . . .

AP.

design: Thomas Heatherwick to design London 2012 Olympic cauldron.

7 Apr

Beijing 2008 will go down as the Olympics of spectacle, but already the London 2012 Olympics could be billed as the design Olympics.  With the Olympic park masterplanned by ForeignOfficeArchitects, the Olympic Stadium designed by HOKsport, the aquatics centre by Zaha Hadid, and the velodrome by Hopkins Architects.  It seems Locog have left nothing to chance by working with the best in their field . . .

It seems they have wanted to push this even further though by the appointment of Danny Boyle he of Slumdog millionaire fame to oversee the Opening ceremony, ensuring they are both artistic and relevant – promising to be “epic and intimate“.

Organisers have also announced the designer of the iconic Olympic cauldron.  The cauldron is the iconic emblem of the games, ensuring the spirit of Olympus watches over every modern games, and usually becomes the very symbol of each host city to the millions of television viewers across the globe – step forward to the challenge then Mr Thomas Heatherwick.

You may recognise Heatherwick from earlier projects including the British pavilion for the Shanghai expo (above) or the sculpture ‘B of the Bang’ erected for the Manchester Commonwealth games (below) – if the cauldron looks anything like these two earlier projects then we could be in for something truly special indeed . . .

And here we take a brief look at some earlier cauldrons from the Olympic movement . . .

top row: 1976 (montreal, canada); 2010 (vancouver, canada); 2004 (athens, greece)
bottom: 2002 (salt lake city, USA); 2000 (sydney, australia); 1992 (barcelona, spain)

 

AP.

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